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5 YouTube Videos that Turn Heads TOWARDS Catholicism

October 27, AD 2012 16 Comments

Although not surprising, it is astonishing that Catholicism is viewed by the world so negatively. As Peter Kreeft mentions in his talk Seven Reasons Everyone on Earth Should Be a Roman Catholic, “We’re like an iron ball in the pit of the world’s stomach, we can’t be digested, we can’t be assimilated”. As it is, our orthodox doctrines will surely always be considered lunacy to the world, but the question posed by Christ remains, “Does this shock you? (John 6:61)

Jesus used shock and awe as his mode of Evangelization from time to time. Therefore, my assumption is that we should follow in his sandal steps and provide the world with a little bit of that wow factor they need to spark their interest in all things Catholic. After all, the Bride of Christ is just as mind-blowing and compelling as the Groom, so why don’t people see it that way?

Here are five YouTube videos and accompanying actions that showcase some of the lesser known aspects that make our religion awesome. I dare you to post one onto your Facebook wall and/or Twitter feed right now.

1. The Incorruptibles

Related non-digital action for the day: Read Joan Carrol Cruz’s book, The Incorruptibles, it will help you explain this phenomenon better when your Facebook friends inquire.

2. The True Meaning of the Eucharist (and accompanying miracles)

From 0:00-5:50 is an explanation of the True Meaning and 5:50 and onward hits some great (approved) Eucharistic miracles.

Related non-digital action for the day: Go to Mass. Take the Eucharist. Go to Adoration and read Scott Hahn’s The Lamb’s Supper if you have time.

3. The GOOD that the Church does

“We are the largest charitable organization on the planet.”

For a more thorough debate:

Related non-digital action for the day: Donate to or join a missionary organization. They do so much with so little and without a lick of publicity. Try to keep it that way by making your sacrifice in secret.

4. Priests and Nuns

We all want to give up our lives for something. Some give it up for drugs and money, others give it up for their spouses and families. Some give it all to God. Who else would you prefer leading your Church?

Related non-digital actions for the day: Meet with a priest (especially in confession if you can) or tweet a nun.

5. Jaw-dropping beauty

“The Catholic Church is beautiful, for it is the Bride of Christ.”

Related non-digital action for the day: Wear a Scapular. The world is obsessed with jewelry and shiny things. This simple woolen sacramental is so contrary to the chains and hard rocks on people’s necks and wrists that when they pop out of our collars, they inspire divine conversation with those who notice. Not to mention they keep you away from hellfire, which is nice.

Any other videos I’m missing? Post the link in the combox and add to the collection of awesomeness.

About the Author:

TJ Burdick is the lead author of One Body, Many Blogs, Advice for Christian Bloggers. He is also a school teacher by trade, a lay Catholic by grace and a husband and father of three by vocation. He writes to help support Catholic charities and to put food on the table for his family as his teaching wages are very humble. When he is not enjoying time with his family, you can find him planning his next big lesson or locked inside an adoration chapel. You can find more of his work at @ tjburdick.com.
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  • TJ
    Thanks for the great videos. I don’t know if you meant to keep that third video up, since I see six videos rather than the five stated in your title. It’s from Britain, something from intelligence2? The Archbishops arguments at the very end were very good, but that was before the vote. Anyway, I watched the whole 13 episodes, and I don’t think it fits with what you’re trying to do with this blog post. I could poke holes in all of the opposing sides arguments, but I think the Archbishop was right, the people there were not wanting to hear what the Church had to say, and it would have taken a lot of time to instruct people on what the Church really teaches rather than what the other side was proposing it teaches.
    Blessings

    • Great point Karyn, but it certainly was put there for a reason. The time needed to instruct what the Catholic Church really believes is exactly what I believe can be the fruit of this video. We share it and enter into a “teaching moment” on Facebook and all of a sudden, there’s a dialogue that previously wasn’t there. All that’s left is for us to mimic the Archbishop in our apologetic zeal and kindness.

      • aade

        you need to look at the video in question again. Ann Widdacombe a long retired politician and an African Bishop who did not know what he was letting himself in for. It was a set up by Stephen Fry the Catholic hater . Why do you think no UK Bishop or church spokesperson had anything to do with it ?? I could have done better than the bishop and Widdy myself !!

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  • I look forward to watching these videos. (I have seen the Catholics Come Home “Epic” video, but none of the others.)

    I hope you don’t mind me plugging my blog, since it is relevant to this post: For many more Catholic videos, check out my blog at catholic-video.blogspot.com.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk4OCzre_IY

    “We are Catholic” us my current favorite you tube video.

  • While I personally believe that the phenomenon of incorruptibility does indicate God’s hand at work, still I am concerned that some people take claims of incorruptibility too far. For example, the picture of St. Bernadette in the first video above could easily lead one to believe that her face has been perfectly preserved, when in fact at least one seemingly credible Catholic source indicates that that is not the case:

    http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/bernbody.htm

    “Very fine wax masks were laid over the face and hands of St. Bernadette’s body in 1925 to disguise the sunken eyes and nose and the blackish tinge to the face and hands. During the first exhumation (1909) the face had been ‘a dull white’ and the hands ‘perfectly preserved’ but the nose was already ‘dilated and shrunken’. The eyes were not noted as having yet sunk. She died on April 16, 1879. Her body has not been embalmed or specially treated in any way.”

  • Fantastic videos’s,about time the truth was told about the Catholic Church and all its riches. It is the true church. All the liberal media want to do is to put the church in a bad light inciting hatred towards it.
    I am so glad that the church is now using the media to inform and educate people.
    Pray the Rosary every day as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.Our Lady said the faithful must say the Rosary. Lucia,one of the visionaries of Fatima said there is no problem the Rosary cannot solve.It defeats hell!
    Pope Pius 1X said “give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world”
    Wake up you billion catholics and claim the world back for God.
    God bless,
    Anne

  • jana

    Hi, TJ… Thanks for this post. Have you seen “Fishers of Men” by grassroots films? It’s the vocations video for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and its good!

  • Manny

    Hello from Texas!
    Wow! Truly awesome and inspiring. Thank you for reminding me never to give up my Catholic faith!

  • peeledonion

    Hi from the UK…thanks for these videos.
    May I add one showing images from Lancaster Cathedral including some of 40 Hours…
    God bless

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  • Bonsai Guy97

    Hey guys. I just wanted to comment to share the Gospel message with ya all. I know it may offend you, but Catholicism is not the way. Mary did sin when she refused to follow Jesus’ teachings Mark 3:31-35 and Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to take away our sins (Hebrews 10). Here is the Gospel message. If anyone has any questions, ask me and I will answer them as best as I can.

    Do you know that you can be in Heaven with God? Do you know that you can have a relationship with Him as His child? For the Scripture says… ‘But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:’ (John 1:12). But there is one major problem… SIN! The Bible says that we are sinners (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-19). Whether it is large sins, like murder and adultery, or hatred (Matthew 5:21-22), lust (Matthew 5:27-28) and even lying (Proverbs 12:22), we have ‘all sinned and come short of the glory of God;’(Romans 6:23). God is holy and just (2 Thessalonians 1:6; James 1:13 and because of this He has to punish sin (Revelation 21:8). But God made a way of escape from His wrath through Jesus Christ: He is the Son of God; God in the flesh (Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 7:14, 9:16; Matthew 16:16; John 1:1, 14; 8:58; 10:30). He lived a perfect life (Hebrews 4:15; James 1:13) and He died on the cross for the sins of all who would believe in Him (Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). He was buried, and on the third day He rose again, proving that He was God and His sacrifice was accepted by the Father (John 19:38-42; Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Hebrews 10:10-14). He also placed His Blood on the Heavenly Mercy Seat, completing the atonement (Hebrews 9:11-12, 24). If you place your faith in Jesus, receiving His atonement as payment for your sins, you will be saved and become a child of God (John 3:13-15; 5:24; 6:35, 37, 47; 11:27-29; Romans 3:22, 24-28; 4:5; 5:1). If you have any questions, please send them to me either on the comments or on this email if you can:

    iamafilmfanatic@gmail.com

    I hope this letter leads you to accept Christ, but at the end of the day, its your decision. May God bless you and I hope this letter leads you to Him.

  • Rodney Nagy

    These videos are really great recommendations!! Each one covers a different aspect of our Catholic faith and is a fantastic conversation starter!! In response to the Pope’s call for evangelizing, my teens and younger kids also recently started creating short YouTube Catholic videos as an alternative to what kids are watching these days. There is such a need for this! If interested, you can take a look at the latest of the kids’ efforts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXbyb4X1Fd8 And a link for more: http://www.catholicconundrum.com/teen-take.html

    God bless you!